Here’s How to Make Moonstruck Eggs, the Very First Egg-in-a-Hole

published Jul 19, 2019
Moonstruck Eggs

A recipe for Italian-style egg-in-a-hole, inspired by the movie "Moonstruck".


Prep5 minutes

Cook6 minutes to 10 minutes

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If you’ve ever made an egg-in-a-hole — an egg cracked inside a slice of bread and fried to crisp perfection — you know it’s easy, tasty, and, most importantly, fun. Why have your egg on top of your toast when you could have it nestled inside? Everyone has their own way of preparing the dish, and their own name for it, too: We’ve heard egg-in-a-basket and even toad-in-a-hole. But the version we’re sharing here, inspired by the late ’80s romantic comedy Moonstruck, might just be the very first one to exist.

Our Tasty Rendition of “Moonstruck Eggs”

The origins of egg-in-a-hole are a little fuzzy, but one thing we do know is that the dish was made for Cher’s character, Loretta, in the movie Moonstruck. In the scene, Loretta’s mom prepares Loretta an egg-in-a-hole topped with red peppers in a cast iron skillet. Our twist on the Moonstruck version involves searing a roasted red pepper with some garlic before the bread and egg are cooked. The garlicky pepper is then piled onto the egg-in-a-hole for a knife-and-fork breakfast that’s homey, yet special. We think Loretta would approve.

Credit: Joe Lingeman/Kitchn; Food Stylist: CC Buckley/Kitchn

Moonstruck Eggs

A recipe for Italian-style egg-in-a-hole, inspired by the movie "Moonstruck".

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 6 minutes to 10 minutes

Serves 2

Nutritional Info


  • 2 slices

    hearty sandwich bread (about 3/4-inch thick), such as peasant bread, sourdough, whole-wheat, or multi-grain

  • 2 tablespoons

    unsalted butter

  • 1

    large roasted red pepper (from a 12-ounce jar), patted dry and sliced

  • 1 clove

    garlic, thinly sliced

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 2

    large eggs

  • Chopped fresh chives or parsley, for garnish (optional)


  1. Cut a hole in the middle of each bread slice using a 2-inch round cutter or the rim of a small glass.

  2. Melt the butter in a large cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Swirl the pan as the butter melts to evenly coat the surface. The pan is ready when the butter begins sizzling. Add the red pepper, garlic, a pinch of salt, and several grinds of black pepper. Cook until fragrant and warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes.

  3. Push the pepper mixture to one side. Place the bread slices on the other side and cook until toasted and golden-brown, 3 to 5 minutes.

  4. Flip the bread slices. Crack an egg into each hole and season with a pinch of salt and several grinds of black pepper. Cover and cook until the eggs are just set and other side of the bread is golden-brown, 2 to 3 minutes more.

  5. Transfer the pepper mixture onto each egg-in-a-hole. Transfer to plates, garnish with the chives or parsley, if using, and serve.